Sermons

Chanukah and the Non-Observant

Miketz 5779 - Rabbi Elisha Friedman | December, 10 2018

In a NY Times Op-Ed for this Chanukah, “The Hypocrisy of Chanukah” (Dec. 1, 2018) we read of a Jewish novelist – Michael David Lukas’ – soul searching regarding the …

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Undeserved Blessings

Vayeitzei 5779 - Kesher Israel | November, 19 2018

I don’t think there’s a better parsha to celebrate a birth than Vayetzei – filled as it is with births and baby namings. And we’re glad that here at KI …

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Facing Tragedy

Toldot 5779 - Rabbi Elisha Friedman | November, 12 2018

This week we are gathered to celebrate a wonderfully happy occasion for our community – the aufruf and upcoming marriage of X, who grew up in our shul and reflects …

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Jews of All Stripes

Lech Lecha 5779 - Rabbi Elisha Friedman | October, 22 2018

If I were to poll the people in this room regarding their definition of Judaism, most answers would likely involve halacha, Jewish law, in some way. Judaism, as we think …

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Living in Tough Times

Noach 5779 - Rabbi Elisha Friedman | October, 15 2018

This morning feels more serious than usual, and for obvious reason. As most everyone, if not all, people here are aware, this past Thursday night just a few blocks from …

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Shabbos: an Active Day of Rest

Bereishit 5779 - Rabbi Elisha Friedman | October, 8 2018

I would like this morning to discuss a routine matter: Shabbos. After the past month of holidays, each of which is exciting and new and fresh, coming only once a …

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